Modern and Contemporary Art
First Study for Government of the PeopleMade in United States, North and Central America
Jacques Lipchitz, American (born Lithuania), 1891 - 1973
Currently not on view
1981-57-1Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Ingersoll, 1981
LabelIn 1967, the City of Philadelphia awarded Lipchitz his second commission for a public monument: a large sculpture to be installed on the southeast plaza of the Municipal Services Building, directly opposite City Hall. This initial study for the monument, first made in plaster and later cast in bronze, recalls earlier sculptures such as Rescue of the Child, in which Lipchitz created a towering monument with multiple tiers of people supporting each other's weight. These figures carry aloft an unfurled flag of Philadelphia, an image of civic pride reminiscent of Lipchitz's political works of the 1930s.